A Jaganmohan Rao, President, Handball Federation of India (HFI), has announced the establishment of an international-standard handball academy in Hyderabad in collaboration with the International Handball Association, the Asian body, and the State Government. “The game has been stuck for long without proper infrastructure. So, besides the proposed academy here, we are also planning feeder centres in main cities across the country,” he revealed after the Asian Club men’s handball league championship was successfully held in Hyderabad.
He pointed out that the Asian Handball Federation has suggested that the venture be divided into two parts: putting in place the necessary infrastructure and ensuring a skilled and well-trained coaching system. Aiming to make Hyderabad the handball hub of the country, he mentioned, “Next on the agenda is a Premier Handball League at the national level and later similar leagues at the State level. The HFI had strived to see that the best talent got the opportunity to represent India. The Indian women winning the Asia junior championship was a huge achievement.”
Rao further added that the Federation is organizing a special handball camp in Himachal Pradesh for about 200 girls, and that the academy is exclusively funded by the Sports Authority of India and the HFI. Concerning the state of handball in Telangana, he said that the HFI would expand its activities, such as organizing events and camps in cities like Karimnagar, Warangal, and Siddipet.